Draymond Wars: The Cleveland Menace
Ronnie Andrew, Senior Editor
Draymond Green recently told reporters: “We got punked from the jump ball” in the Warrior’s laughable Game 3 loss to the Cavaliers. Well that explains it, there must have been some locker room shenanigans, itching powder, or pregame swirlies going around. Then again, Ashton Kutcher might have made more shots.
But fear not Warrior faithful, Green is looking forward to Game 4. He must have some “kicks” in store for LeBron.
Think Outside of the Boxing
Ben Brunner, Senior Writer
This part of today’s article isn’t meant to be funny (if you ever thought any of my material was funny; otherwise, this is a normal article to you). Today, i want to talk about Muhammad Ali. But not in the way you would expect. You see, as a millennial, I never really followed Muhammad Ali’s career. I grew in the wrong time period. I never saw any of his matches, watched or read any of his interviews, experienced any of his legacy. So therefore, I really have no right to go on any tangents about how he was “the greatest” or anything of the sort. I wouldn’t know what I was talking about. I would merely be echoing what I’ve heard from other people.
That being said…
I do know the facts. From those facts, one of the greatest things I attribute to Mr. Ali, was his openness. No matter who you were, no matter where you were from, no matter how important you were, he would make himself available to you. He was the complete opposite of today’s athletes. Sure, modern players do plenty of charity work, and that’s wonderful. I would never diminish such actions. However, Muhammad Ali went a step further. Long ago, his promoters would organize bus rides for reporters. Mr. Ali himself was there on the bus, willing to talk to anyone. But that wasn’t all. The destination would be shopping centers, youth centers, malls, all kinds of places, where it would be advertised that Muhammad Ali was going to appear. When he arrived, he did more than just walk from the bus to a building, wave at reporters as they took his picture, sit at a table and talk, and then leave. He would play-fight with the kids. He would flirt with the ladies. He would joke with the gents. He was there to promote his fights, but he was also there to promote togetherness. And that, to me, is what sets him apart from other figures in sports history. He was there for you. Imagine if today’s players in all sports behaved that way. It would definitely enrich them, and make them more humble. It would create a love between the players and the fans not only of the sport, but of the community that backs the sport. Imagine if someone like Johnny Manziel was to do something like that. Out at the local pizza place, talking good ‘ol Cleveland football with the guys and throwing passes to the kids in the parking lot. In closing, don’t judge Muhammad Ali on his race, or his religious choices, or his political views. Judge him by his choice to embrace everyone. His choice not to be exclusive, but to extroverted. He was a beautiful fighter, speaker, and poet, but greatest of all, he was a beautiful person who saw all others as beautiful people.
…and that’s My Three Cents.